DAWN Zulueta says M-Zet Productions didn’t have a hard time convincing her to do comedy in the filmfest entry, “Meant to Beh”. “In 2015, I did ‘Love Affair’ with Richard Gomez and in 2016, ‘Love Me Tomorrow’ with Piolo Pascual, na parehong drama, so I really welcome the chance to do comedy naman with Vic Sotto,” says Dawn, who’s 48 but looks much younger than her age. “Maski sa teleseryes, puro iyakan ang ginagawa ko, so gusto ko naman sumubok ng comedy, lalo na si Bossing Vic ang kapareha ko na sa TV ko pa lang nakatrabaho before in ‘Okay Ka Fairy Ko’ ages ago. I’m grateful naalala nga ako ni Bossing dahil na-miss ko rin siya.”
She also welcomes working with a young director. “First time ko ring makatrabaho ang director namin ditong si Chris Martinez and he’s definitely one of our more talented young filmmakers today. Wholesome and heartwarming ang buong movie na puwedeng panoorin ng buong pamilya. First time ko ring makasama ang stars ng both two top networks dito, with JC Santos, Gabbi Garcia and Baeby Baste as our children, kasama sina Andrea Torres, Daniel Matsunaga, Sue Ramirez, and Ruru Madrid na first time napagsama-sama in one movie. They’re all very professional and very talented kaya ang wish ko, maging blockbuster sana itong ‘Meant to Beh’ para magkaroon ng Part 2 at makasali uli kami next year.”
Didn’t the actors from different networks feel uncomfortable while shooting together? “Sabi nga noon, baka magkailangan o magkahiyaan sila, pero hindi naman. I think we were all just excited to work together, kasi dati naman, walang boundaries ang mga artista because of network affiliations. Ako, I used to work with everyone. I worked with Viva, with Regal, with all companies and all co-stars, walang problema to be paired with anyone. Sa bagay, I come from a different era na wala pang social media. Today, the fans and almost everyone feel they have the right para panghimasukan ang careers and private lives ng mga artista because of Instagram or Twitter. Everyone can bash anyone and they’re all very negative, which is sad kasi it’s not really helping the industry. Before, we’re just one big family. E, ngayon, kanya-kanya na, kampo-kampo na. So support our movie, ‘Meant to Beh’, kasi bihira magkasama-sama ang mga artista from different networks. Let’s have unity, not division, dahil Christmas season naman ngay
DERRICK ASSURES JAK HE'S OFF LIMITS FROM BARBIE
DERRICK Monasterio left last night for Italy to do a movie, “Almost a Love Story”, with Barbie Forteza. With them in their retinue are Director Louie Ignacio, co-stars Anna Capri as his mom and Lotlot de Leon as Barbie’s mom, and producer Dennis Evangelista. Of course, he’s excited to go as it’s his first trip to Italy.
“Traveling is the best way to broaden one’s horizons and I know going to Rome, Venice and Trecase in Italy will be a great experience for me,” he says.
He’s also happy to be reunited with Barbie Forteza. “First movie namin ito na magkapareha, but we’ve worked before on TV sa ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Half Sisters’. It’s always a pleasure working with Barbie kasi napakagaling niyang artista. Tawa lang nang tawa, pero kapag take na, biglang serious drama na agad, kaya madadala ka kapag kayo ang magkaeksena.”
Their Derbie love team seems to have its own set of supporters, but off cam, it’s common knowledge that Barbie is on with Jak Roberto, the Pambansang Abs. Won’t Jak get jealous now that Barbie and he will be all alone in Italy?
“Bakit naman siya magseselos? Barbie and I naman won’t be sharing the same hotel rooms in Italy. Also, kasama niya ang handler niya at kasama ko ang handler ko para chaperones namin. 'Yung sa amin, close friendship lang talaga. Kahit matagal kaming ’di nagkasama after ‘Half Sisters’, kapag nagkikita kami, ang bonding namin, ganun pa rin. So 'yun.”
In “Almost a Love Story”, he grows up in Italy and Barbie grows up in Manila, but they always talk to each other through video calls because Barbie’s mom, Lotlot de Leon, is Derrick’s yaya in Italy.
“So lumaki kaming magkakilala kahit magkalayo kami. Then pupunta siya to visit her mom in Italy, and finally, we will meet each other in person.”
Will they have a kissing scene? “As of now, we don’t know yet. Pero bahala na po si Direk Louie Ignacio. Sa’kin, okay lang naman, pero si Barbie, di pa yata ready sa ganyan. Palagay ko, sa ganda nung story, tatayo naman ang movie kahit walang kissing scene. Basta gagalingan namin ang acting namin sa bawat eksena para masulit ang ibabayad ng viewers.”
GABBY STILL RELUCTANT DOING A MOVIE WITH SHARON, STILL HIGH WITH TV SHOW'S SUCCESS
GABBY Concepcion, Sunshine Dizon and Ryza Cenon are grinning from ear to ear when we visited them at Celebrity Sports Plaza since everyone is congratulating them. Their afternoon show, “Ika-6 na Utos”, just celebrated it’s first anniversary last week and the ratings remain consistently high. 8.9 recently, which is very high for an afternoon show. It now also has the distinction of being the only soap being shown from Monday to Saturday.
“Everywhere I go now, people call me Jerome or Rome, my name in the story,” says Gabby. “At si Sunshine, Emma ang tawag sa kanya, samantalang si Ryza naman, kinamumuhian bilang Georgia. Ang bonus pa rito, nanalo kami ng international awards for this show. Ako, in Korea at si Sunshine, sa Gawad Amerika. Tapos, all of us won sa 7th OFW Gawad Parangal. Kami ni Shine, best actor and actress and best supporting actress si Ryza. We’re really happy kasi hindi lang toprater ang show namin kundi award-winner pa.”
“At huwag kayong bibitaw dahil sa pagtatapos ng ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ in the next few months, marami pang pasabog na magaganap,” adds Sunshine. “We would like to give credit to our writers and director Laurice Guillen for being so imaginative in coming out with the most intriguing, engaging twists of plots para palaging tumutok sa bawat episode ng ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ ang viewers.”
We ask Gabby if he’d be ready to do his reunion movie with Sharon Cuneta after “Ika-6 Utos” ends? “I think we all need to talk again. As of now, I’m still enjoying doing this show immensely. Sa buong career ko, I can say ito ang most successful teleserye ko. But I’m very happy for her and Robin (Padilla) sa success ng movie nila.”
What can he say about Robin’s statement that he’s actually just a replacement for him? “That’s not true. Kanya talaga 'yun. Iba 'yung story for us ni Sharon, iba rin 'yung sa kanila.”
Taping for “Ika-6 na Utos” will temporarily stop on December 18. “We’ll have a two-week Christmas break, so I will take my wife and daughters for a vacation in the States.”